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Revealed: Adjaye's designs for Liverpool Biennial pavilion

Architect David Adjaye has unveiled the first image of a proposed pop-up pavilion as part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial

Designed in collaboration with contemporary artist Doug Aitken, the circular structure will sit in Mermaid Court outside Tate Liverpool and will open to the public from 15 September 2012 – 13 January 2013.

The building will house Aitken’s The Source - the artist’s first public realm installation in the UK which features filmed conversations with some of the world’s leading creative figures.

Those interviewed include Adjaye, Devendra Banhart, Thomas Demand, Liz Diller, William Eggleston, Jacques Herzog, Mike Kelley, Lucky Dragons, James Murphy, Philippe Parreno, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Paolo Soleri, Tilda Swinton, Ryan Trecartin and Jack White.

The architect’s view

At 14.2 metres in diameter, with a sloping roof that ranges from 2.8m to 4.8m in height, the pavilion will provide an immersive experience
during the day, with a night-time presence created through the projection of Aitken’s work on the outer walls of the circular structure. Built from a wooden frame and a combination of corrugated acrylic and bitumen panels, the pavilion will be a temporary structure that deliberately separates Aitken’s work from the traditional gallery space in order to create a new cultural destination.

Previous story (AJ 22.05.2012)

Adjaye to design pavilion for Liverpool Biennial

Architect David Adjaye is collaborating with contemporary artist Doug Aitken to design a pop-up pavilion as part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial

The commission for the festival, hailed as the country’s largest contemporary art festival, will house Aitken’s first public realm installation in the UK. The pavilion will sit outside Tate Liverpool and open to the public from 15 September 2012 – 13 January 2013.

According to the Biennial’s organisers David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates was selected for the project because of his work with exhibitions and temporary structures including the tulipwood pavilion on London’s Southbank which he designed for the 2008 London Design Festival.

Commissioned by Sky Arts Ignition Series, the pavilion aims to act as a beacon, broadcasting the work of the city’s seventh Biennial.

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